Natural Habitat Adventures has been selected as one of Outside’s Best Places to Work for the seventh time in 10 years, ranking third among medium-sized companies on the 2017 list of the country’s 100 best workplaces for outdoor enthusiasts. The company earned this recognition for supporting its employees’ active outdoor lifestyles and for its steadfast dedication to protecting wildlife and wild places.
“We’re honored to be among the many Colorado companies on this list,” said Natural Habitat Adventures Founder & President Ben Bressler. “Our employees have created a ‘work hard–play hard’ culture built upon meaningful relationships, hard work, having fun, raising the bar on conservation, and our shared passion for the great outdoors. I am proud of our company’s one-of-a-kind work environment, and I couldn’t be more excited about who we are as a company and the wealth of opportunities ahead.”
“Companies from across the country entered a rigorous two-part survey process to make the winning list,” said Jonah Ogles, Articles Editor at Outside magazine. “The Best Companies Group evaluates each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. There’s also an employee survey to measure personal experience.”
Named as the #13 employer overall on Outside’s list of the Best Places to Work 2017, Natural Habitat Adventures has consistently received recognition for its outstanding workplace environment during the past decade. Outside selected Natural Habitat Adventures as the #1 “Best Place to Work” in 2011, 2010, and 2008 and the #2 “Best Place to Work” in 2012 and 2009. In May 2017, the company was voted the most exciting company in Colorado during a sold-out Colorado “Companies to Circle” event and awards ceremony hosted by Luke’s Circle (a Denver-Boulder professionals’ community).
Natural Habitat Adventures cultivates and supports its employees’ adventurous lifestyles through a variety of enviable perks, including annual paid travel experiences. Each year, every employee gets to join a company-funded adventure to one of the world’s most extraordinary nature destinations.
Employees working at the Boulder, Colorado, headquarters enjoy access to organic meals provided on site at the company-subsidized café, a state-of-the-art fitness center that hosts group workouts, fully stocked beverages and snacks in a lounge, and the wagging tails of more than a dozen dogs that regularly roam the canine-friendly office. The building is surrounded by parks and open space, with miles of paved and dirt paths that offer ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, complete with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.
A company-sponsored ski house in Colorado’s Summit County serves as a gathering place for employees, their families and friends, providing a communal base camp for mountain adventures. Natural Habitat Adventures employees who choose to bike, carpool, or bus to and from the office earn “Patagonia Points,” redeemable for annual gift cards to that eco-conscious outdoor retailer.
Over the past 32 years that Natural Habitat Adventures has been operating nature journeys, its employees have refined the art of company activities and celebrations, including wacky costumed “festivals,” holiday feasts and parties, monthly evening outings, group hikes, ski days, and most recently, a weekend camping trip packed full of festivities and outdoor adventures.
Although Natural Habitat Adventures is not actively hiring for new positions at this time, the company is always accepting applications, both to staff its headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, and for its worldwide field operations.
The complete list of Outside’s Best Places to Work 2017 is available at OutsideOnline.com. For a list of past winners and for more information on the selection process, visit BestPlacestoWorkOutside.com.